A date for your diary
Seventh Annual Charity Model Railway Exhibition
When? 6th April 2024 from 1030 until 1630
Where? Avonway Community Centre Fordingbridge SP6 1JF
You can expect to see 20 layouts in N, 00 and O gauges (overleaf), Railway books, pictures and jigsaw stall Railway film show “Railway Café” – bacon rolls and homemade cake Model engineering and trade stands
Children (6-16) £1
Where does the money go? We don’t shake buckets after disasters, we fundraise before they happen. Proceeds will again go to the Water Survival Box Charity run by Rotary Chelwood Bridge who will attend to show the boxes.
What it’s all for
Once again, we will be raising money for Water Survival Boxes. Our Rotary Club philosophy is to raise money in advance of need rather than collect it by shaking buckets of money, which almost always arrives too late. 2023 saw more than its share of disasters, and there was apparently no limit to the need for WS boxes. Amongst other places, boxes went to the flooding and cholera outbreak in Somalia, the Turkey/Syria earthquake, disasters and conflict in Sudan, two consignments to the Moroccan earthquake and more boxes to Ukraine. Members of the Rotary Club of Fordingbridge went to Midsomer Norton to pack boxes and to hand over the money collected from the 2023 Model Railway Exhibition. Our friends from the Rotary Club of Chelwood Bridge will be in attendance to show visitors the Water Survival Boxes they supply.
The model railway fraternity has again come up trumps, and you will see in the rest of this newsletter the splendid array of 21 layouts which they are providing. Our thanks to all of them. Without the layouts, we would be unable to raise the funds Water Survival Box needs.
We appreciate any help readers can give in spreading the news of our Exhibition and its charitable objectives. If you need fliers, please contact Dr Iain Kidson (firstname.lastname@example.org).
232 pipe street organ to be shown by Robin Neave
4″ scale model of a 1900’s Burrell Traction Engine, to be shown by James Bailey
The Railway Café
Once again we will be serving our legendary bacon rolls as well as ginormous slices of home made cake, filled rolls and beverages. While you eat, you will be able to watch our railway film show.
An opportunity to purchase a plethora of railway-related things you really need, including pictures, railway magazines, jigsaws, model railway bits and pieces. Donated items for sale to support our charity are welcome in advance or on the day.
We are delighted to welcome once again Jeff Purslove of Wheels of Southsea who will bring new and pre-loved model railway items. He can also advise on the valuation of model railway layouts and rolling stock.
21 layouts and displays booked
Woodlands shown by Steve Fackrell – 00 gauge British steam 8 ‘ x 1ft 4”
Woodlands actually exists- a small village near Verwood in East Dorset. No railway connection was there just a figment of my imagination. It is a simple terminus station with a siding, cattle dock and rudimentary loco facilities. The station building is based on Downton built with artists mounting cards; the signal box is also built from similar materials. Other structures are from Wills and Ratio, and the village houses are by Petite Properties and Fair-Price Models. Street and platform furniture are by GEM, Mikes Models and Anyscale. Motive power is mostly tank engines from Hornby, Bachmann and EFE with the occasional appearance of diesels. Rolling stock is from the manufacturers, together with a few kit-built examples.
Wexcombe shown by Gerald Page (Romsey MRC) – N gauge 1960’s diesel 7’ x 1’6”
A “what if” branch line from Tidworth that has been kept open for some sparse passenger traffic. Its main key to existence is the milk traffic that is run around at Wexcombe and then goes back up the line to the dairy. Set in the late 1960s where the motive power is turning to green diesels. The lush green countryside is ideal for milk production. The track is Peco Code 80 with modified Electrofrog points. Stock is weight for better running and fitted with Dapol Easy Shunts couplings activated by hopefully hidden neodymium magnets at set points around the layout. It’s designed to be hands free as much as possible.
Tramway Museum shown by Brian Robinson – 00 gauge Tramway Museum Town 1920s – 1960s 5’ x 1’6”
An 00 scale model of a museum town with trams running through the streets. The buildings have been rescued from various towns and cities, including Fordingbridge, Southampton and York. The trams are models of existing preserved vehicles, from London, Glasgow, Brighton, Southampton and various northern cities.
Table top layouts shown by Robin Pellatt – various scales
On30 gauge and G gauge shunting. On30 is a logging layout with 0-4-0 locos running on an inverted figure of 8 track and a 3 truck Shay running on a shuttle track.
Shillingsford shown by Ron Randall (Bridport MRC) – OO gauge sixties steam 17’6” x 5’
Shillingsford is a fictional branch station, loosely based on Shillingstone on the Somerset and Dorset Railway, set in the early sixties, but as a terminus rather than a through station. The layout is DCC controlled using a Digitrax radio controlled system, and all of the locos are DCC sound fitted. Most have firebox glow and working lights. The layout consists of a three platform station and a goods yard that contains a fairly large cattle dock. The layout is kept very busy with passenger trains, goods trains, and various shunting movements. There is rarely a moment when something isn’t moving! All rolling stock is fitted with Kadee couplings, giving a very pleasing operating and viewing experience. The fiddle yard is a double rotating sector plate that allows locomotives to be uncoupled and run around trains.
Rookery Lane shown by Tim Buck – 00 gauge Kent and Sussex 1928-33 12’ x 2’
A small, fictional, might-have-been Station and Goods Yard with Quayside located on the South Kent/Sussex Coast between Hastings and Rye on a short branch off the mainline. Set between 1928 and 1933, the full effect of the grouping hasn’t yet reached Rookery Lane so a mix of SECR, LBSCR and SR structures and stock can be seen. The layout is OO Gauge and currently DC controlled but looking to convert to DCC in the near future.
Quay Street shown by Ron Boreham – N gauge 60-70’s Southern and Underground 16’ x 1’6”
Quay Street is based loosely around the Woolwich Arsenal line that ran on a viaduct . I used modeller’s license to create a London Southern based layout terminating in a small terminus on a viaduct using mainly Southern Region EMU’s with the occasional steam and diesel loco hauled. The track plan is an out and back with the “fiddle yard” under the city scene. I have also incorporated a bit of London Underground running on the surface as an additional interest with tube trains working on a shuttle. A lot of typical small business’ are located in the arches below the railway and the city scene is part Metcalfe (the posh bit) and some of my scratch build ‘older shops and housebacks’ for effect ! The layout is digitally operated and with one operator working the routes and the other driving the trains “hopefully” ??? Please do not hesitate to ask questions about any aspect of this layout as we do like a Chat!
Piddle Regis shown by Rob Score (SWMRC) – 00 gauge 70s & 80s Mixed BR and steam 22’ x 2’
Piddle Regis is a country station situated in the valley of the River Piddle in Dorset. It is located on a line between Wareham and Maiden Newton. Originally double track, the line was singled at the time of electrification by third rail DC. The station was originally a junction for a line going northwards which was closed when the line was rationalised. It has since been taken over and relaid by a heritage railway which markets itself as the Piddle Valley Railway (PVR). The PVR were able to take over the former track bed of the abandoned Up BR line and so run into the former junction station. The PVR has also been re-connected to the main BR line so receives the occasional charter special, but is otherwise steam worked.
Los Tanimals shown by Bob Norris (Gosport MRC) – N gauge USA and Canada 1935-85 22’ x 4’
A part of the Gosport American Railroad Group, Built by Bob Norris, with Baseboards by Ted Humber, to provide a smaller layout than our “Solent Summit” layout, which can be up to 4 scale miles in length, and costly to transport. The layout includes: Cement Works, Pickle Works Scrap Yards, Factories, Bus Depot, Car Importers, Horse riding school, Radio station, Depot, and an Interurban line. The whole layout. including the loops at either end, has scenery, and depicts a location in the Texas/Arizona area, with trains from the 1940s to 1980s. Digitrax DCC radio controlled, the whole layout fits into one estate car (just!)
Knot- u-Shore shown by Rob Score (SWMRC) – 0 gauge 1950’s industrial 13’ x 2’
Knot-U-Shore has an industrial flavour presented here around the 1950’s. It is a departure from the usual OO gauge layouts that the South Western Model Railway Club have built up to now. So the build team are having to adjust to the different approach that working with O gauge requires. Our operators will be happy to talk to you about their story so far.
Ipleigh Castle shown by Phil Kempsey (New Forest MRC) – 00 gauge 4’ x 2’
Ipleigh Castle was built to prove that you could have a OO layout on a 4×2 foot board with continuous running, albeit with an incredibly tight non standard radius. The layout is fully enclosed, viewed through a proscenium arch at the front. The overhead lights are dimmed, then all of the buildings, and a small castles, lights come on. The layout has the emphasis on modelling buildings, with a railway running through it!
Hirson Bellevue shown by Howard Coulson (Romsey MRC) – H09 gauge 1930’s Dutch 4’ x 2’
Gilkicker Junction shown by Roger Beech (Gosport MRC) – N gauge BR Southern electrics ++ 1950s/60s 10’ x 3’3”
The layout is based very loosely on the Hampshire town of Eastleigh. It has a station, railway maintenance workshops and a railway junction. The era is the 1950s/1960s and represents the Southern Region of British Railways. It is primarily a commuter railway with EMUs and some steam passenger trains heading either to London or Westwards. On occasion the famous Brighton Belle pays a visit when diverted from its normal route. However freight trains are to be seen sometimes. The EMUs and most of the passenger stock are by Graham Farrish as are the Merchant Navy Class locos. The trackwork is Peco Finescale and the point motors are SEEPS. The layout is controlled by Digitrax DCC and the majority of the buildings are Metcalfe.
Fareford Depot shown by Lyndon Ford (Fareham MRC) – 00 gauge MPD 1980s on 20’x 2’10”
The unfinished layout was purchased during Covid lockdown and became a DCC project. It’s designed to allow traction from the 1980s to present day and it not based on any location.Gaugemaster Advance Prodigy 2 controller is used. A second controller can be added for more flexibility. This will allow a more complex operation and will introduce storage for various Network rail rolling stock. A section of 3rd rail will be added for appropriate stock. Point Control is DCC via a Digikeijs unit controlling Peco point motors and accessory switches.Yard Lights run from a 12v Bus. Gaugemaster Buffer stop lights fed from the track feed. This is phase 1, there is a extension board already in the making, taking the layout up to 14ft. This will allow a more complex operation and will introduce storage for various Network rail rollingstock. A section of 3rd rail will be added for appropriate stock. Various locos are fitted with sound chips,. Several speakers are used, chosen by space available.
Millburn shown by John Gowan (Gosport MRC) – 00 gauge BR Central Scotland 1980s 14’x 2’
Millburn is a fictional town in Central Scotland and is depicted in the British Rail 1980s era. Still an industrial location which boasts a small terminus station, a diesel depot with fuelling point, engineers siding, scrap yard and wagon repair depot. The diesel depot is a satellite facility of Glasgow Eastfield and often hosts a variety of motive power. The wagon depot is kept busy repairing a constant stream of BR and private owner wagons. It is located at the end of a short spur beyond the scrap yard. Millburn is OO scale and DCC with most of the locomotives and DMUs having sound. The baseboards and majority of the buildings and scenery have been scratch built over the last 3 years.
Model Engineering Items shown by Mike Orman (Salisbury & District Model Engineering Soc)
A variety of Model Engineering Models of Various Types
Elmbridge MPD shown by Tony Parker (New Forest MRC) – N gauge MPD modern diesels and DMUs 6’ x 2’6”
Built in 2016/17 it is based on a fictitious location somewhere in Southern England. It was built to demonstrate how much N-gauge would fit in a small area. The main operation is servicing diesel locomotives from different operators in the area including stone, containers, car transporters and preservation locomotives. Lighting is provided in the buildings as well as a welding plant in the workshop, buffer lights, signal and yard lights.There is a small scrap operation in the lower right hand corner named S.Yard Ltd. There are several small activities going on including a worker sitting on a toilet, roadworks and the bicycles on top of some of the containers – but that is another story! The original small station of Elmbridge serviced the local community and connects to the main line some miles away. The original site of the MPD was used as a coal depot and builder’s merchants in days gone by and due to planning and ground pollution issues it had to be used as an MPD instead of a housing estate. The MPD operators had to compromise on the available space to maximise profits and turnover – which is why the area is a bit crowded!
Brook Junction shown by Peter Making (Romsey MRC) – N gauge all motive powers 1930s-1970s 10’6” x 2’
Brook Junction was primarily built as a test bed for running models belonging to its owner and fellow club members, as such it does not represent any particular area or era and can cover all regions and companies between 1930 and 1970. However, when running the layout, usually only one period and era will be represented at a time, such as BR, Southern Region, LMS or Great Western Railway.
Avon shown by Keith Redding – N gauge 1950s/60s steam and diesel 6’ x 2’
A Southern Region terminus station somewhere in Southern England. Although a Southern Region station it has a Western Region branch line that runs into the bay platform. It can also be shown as an Heritage Line with a British Rail connection where more modern motive power can be seen.
Adding to Whitslow Lee shown by Gordon Kidson-Petlem (Fareham MRC) – 00 gauge heritage 8’ x 8’ corner layout
This is a fictitious heritage branch line, with inspiration drawn from the many preserved lines around the UK, as well as literature and internet sources, both fact and fiction. The layout was started around June of 2022, and is the first layout by a family of novice modellers, including children aged 7 and 11 at the time of starting to build, and is a work in progress. It is being built to 00 scale, with DCC Control, using a modular construction concept designed around the dimensions of the family sideboard!
Seymour Wharf shown by Sonny Hamid (Burbage MRC) – N gauge 60’s steam 4’x4’
Currently building dockside scene using Kato track. More details once constructed!